Friday, December 30, 2005
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Monday, December 26, 2005
We spent the afternoon with a tour of Philadelphia and all it has to offer. It is a very interesting city and a very dirty one as well. It was very intersting to see so much decay and new growth in the same place. A building could be completely deteriorated, but have a beautiful mural painted on the side of it.
Sunday, December 25, 2005
Saturday, December 24, 2005
For dinner this evening, Ross and I fixed quite the feast. Beef Bourgoine, green beans with carmelized onions, sourdough bread and red potatoes with parsley. Dinner was fabulous and we all ate everything in site. Since it is Christmas Eve today, I wish everyone a happy Christmas and a safe evening.
Friday, December 23, 2005
Today we visited the birthplace of the United States; the liberty bell and Independence hall. I had been previously to these historic sites with Haley years before, but it was fun to go again and actually get into the buildings instead of getting there when everything was closed and seeing a man steal a horse carriage. To get close to these sites today, one must go through a circus of security and just my luck, I beeped through the metal detector. The poor soul who had to wand me didn't seem to find my joke about having a "magnetic personality" very amusing. I thought it was quite clever. While at the Liberty Bell, we not only took pictures but saw someone dumb enough to ignore all the DO NOT TOUCH signs and touch the bell for a photo opp. Watching the park ranger yell at the man who didn't understand a word she was saying was particularly entertaining.
After the Liberty Bell we continued to walk through security to get to Independence Hall. Ross and I were excited to see the building where the Declaration of Independence was written and signed but our tour guide, Ranger J. "Like I said, I'm a moron", was a mild deterrent to our enjoyment. It was almost as if he were at the signing and invented his own story and facts. Good thing Ross and I are the history nerds we are and could fill in the holes ourselves.
Independence Hall was very cool and provided some great photo oppourtunities as well. It was fun to play the tourist with my camera around my neck, but very strange to be playing the tourist at Christmas time.
We were very grateful for their hospitality and happy to be guests in their very cute home in the suburbs of a big city. Our days were full of "tourism", trolley rides and lots of cheese steaks that were to die for.
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
sometimes I get nervous, but it is usually just for a second or two. I am excited to make flash cards...
when are you making flashcards?
Good question. Maybe on the plane. I need to slice the cards in half before I get started....
Want to help?
i don't know how involved i want to be in the whole flash card thing. I'll quiz you w/ existing flashcards but I'm not so sure I want to make them. people will stare at you if you make flashcards on the airplane. do you really want to be stared at?
like they don't stare already....
hey, look at the guy listening to headphones fidgeting and laughing out
loud and stuffing his face with peanuts...
true! hadn't thought of it that way.
i didn't realize that I was sitting next to the circus act.
a little window into my world of poopy pee.
Monday, December 19, 2005
The food, as always, was very good. Eddie had pork and rice bowls; Geneil had finger foods and BACON (I love bacon) complemented with divine sugar cookies; Cindy filled us up with Philly cheese steak and french dip sandwhiches along with tasty almond punch; and Johnny overloaded us at the very end with ham, turkey, and cheesecake. A delectable menu enjoyed by all.
Ross and Annie, being the party poopers that we are, left the party at 9:00. We'd already enjoyed 4 and 1/2 hours of fun, food, and Christmas carols and after working a full day and whining about it to all who would listen, I was ready to bail. Unfortunatelly, or fortunately, depending on how you want to look at it, we missed the dancing and excitement. Jackie was doing her Curves moves when we left, but I guess that was just getting the party started. Even Preston danced! Talk about exciting.
All I know is that it is a good thing we don't drink. The Huber clan is so high on life, I can hardly imagine how we would act if we were high on anything else.
(Pictures provided by Haley. Thanks, Haley.)
Friday, December 16, 2005
I stayed at a new Hampton Inn while staying in Logan and had quite a "trip" when I first arrived. You see, I parked the lovely work van, locked the doors and headed towards the reception area inside the hotel. Here's where things get interesting. Somehow, I failed to register that there was a slight curb from the parking lot to the hotel sidewalk. My failure to register an extra step saved me that step, and landed me flat on the concrete. Yes, I fell down and I fell hard.
Luckily, I was in Logan and there was no one around to laugh or make fun of me...that I was aware of. I managed to check in, get to my room and then took a moment to view the damage. A scrape on my knee deep enough to have the fabric of my pants embedded into my skin and have some skin stuck on the inside of my pants.
My shoes were ruined, my pants stained with a little blood and I have some great bruises developing to prove how hard I fell. Luckily, I didn't really hurt myself, or more importantly rip my pants or my coat. I love my coat. Ripping it would have been really sad.
Just to prove how goofy I am...yes, I had a nice trip and I will see you next fall.
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
I'm trapped in my classroom and I can't get out. They are all psycho today. Michael Booger has Bronchitis. He's not on any medication. he hasn't been to a doctor. He doesn't like them. His Nanna diagnosed his bronchitis. He is coughing hysterically and then he wheezes like he's coughing up a hairball. His coughts sound totally fake, too. It's so loud, I can't even hear what the people on the front row are saying. I finally gave up and gave them their assignment and sat down. There are about 4 of them wh are acutally doing it. The rest think we are having a free day because they are stupid. Plus, Michael Booger keeps aksing to go wash his hands after he coughs in them.
Monday, December 12, 2005
This year I don't work in a school and got to particpate in a real office party. There was no booze at this party, it was during the day time, so I wasn't lucky enough to see anyone embarass themselves with lampshades or impromptu make-out sessions like the movies have always told me happens at work parties. Instead we ate a good lunch, and I shared a chocolate mousse torte with Vickie.
We did have a small gift exchange in which I was able to wrangle and secure (even though a lot of people wanted it...shazbut!) a magic 8 ball. My mom has one on the island in her kitchen and, once i take mine home, it can sit in my kitchen too. You never know when you will need a magic 8 ball to make those ever important life decisions.
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Yesterday, I had a funny experience with my little brother as well. I was at home to meet him at the end of the school day and wasn't feeling so hot. I think that I might have an ear infections (though I am doing much better today, incase you were concerned). Anywhoo, because young Will is an expert in acquiring and suffering from ear infections I thought that I would seek his advice on the matter. So, Willie sat me down on his bed, pulled out his head lamp and pushed my hair aside so that he could get a better look into my ear. After several minutes of examination and careful consideration, Willie pronounced, "Annie, I'm just not a doctor, there really isn't anything I can do for you." I really appreciated his honesty, and humor on that one.
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Monday, December 05, 2005
Saturday, December 03, 2005
We also had our first official Christmas party this weekend with the Petersen Clan. It was good times. We went to see the lights at Temple Square and freeze our butts off, then went back to Paul's for warm food...chili and soup. Everyone had a good time, I think, and the party was a success.
Last night Haley and I went to a great concert. We went to see one of our favorite bands, Nickel Creek . The show was in Park City at the Eccles Center for performing arts, aka PC High School.
We had a great time, Haley and I. I think the drunk woman next to Haley during the show and the woman throwing up in the bathroom right before we left had a great time too.
The NC played a lot of old and new material and even did a few covers, none of which was as good as their cover of Britney Spears Toxic. The BSF (Britney Spears Federline) could learn a lot from the NC. They finished the show with a roaring encore and an everybody on stage who wants to come Christmas Carol sing-in.
The show has sort of become a mild tradition between Haley and myself and it was great to go and see Nickel Creek again.
Thursday, December 01, 2005
Well, yesterday while driving home from work, as I sat stopped at a light a van pulled up along side of me and then moved into the right hand turn lane. The van was for a company called, Mildred's flowers. This isn't going to mean anything to anyone but Haley and me, BUT, it was cool enough that I took a picture through my very dirty car window.
The best part of the Mildred's flowers van picture experience was the old man in the Ford tough truck next to me. He watched me take a picture and gave me dirty looks as I put my camera away.
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Saturday, November 26, 2005
The turkey was excellent and the potatoes were divine. I however was a particular fan of the rice krispie treats, well done Aunty Chrissy.
The day was full of food, laughter and fun. Video games in the basement tv room, football in the upstairs tv room, dialogue in the kitchen, and laughter in the living room sort of summed up the day. Haley and Isabel treated us to some piano tunes and we were all able to embarass Maddie all day with discussions of IBS. :) If you want to see some Thanksgiving pictures,click HERE .
Ross and I ended the evening with a trip to the movie theater to see Walk the Line the Johnny Cash movie. The film was good, but we were suprised at the amount of theater food being consumed on a food holiday. We were also mildly consumed with the man sitting behind Ross who obviously had a good Thanksgiving meal, judging by the music he was making along with Joaquin Phoenix.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Monday, November 21, 2005
Thanksgiving isn't even upon us but the Christmas lights are going up in full force in my neighborhood. Now, I don't mean to be a scrooge...oh wait, yes I do! but doesn't it seem like the Christmas spirit starts to infect us every year earlier and earlier than it did the last?
I woke up this morning to lights a blazin' and realized that the holiday season is here and, to quote the Pointer Sisters, I'm so excited, I'm so excited, Oh yeah! I'm about to loose control and I think I like it, I like it!
On the other hand, maybe I'll just quote Scrooge McDuck and say, "Bah Humbug".
I'll let you decide on the Christmas before Thanksgiving debate.
Do you already have your Christmas lights up?
Saturday, November 19, 2005
I just finished watching the Utah/BYU game and it was wonderful. The Runnin' Utes pulled out an overtime victory in one of the more exciting football games I have ever watched and lucky for me, I got to watch it alone, from the comfort of my own home. You see, Ross was at the game, cheering for the BY and I was at home, pretending not to care. (This is how we must participate in all rivarly sports, separatley with our own kind.) But, I discovered, I did care. I cared when Utah was winning in the first quarter and I had to call my dad, the first half, and especially when the game became tied with only minutes to play. At that time, I became once again, a Utah football fan. Can I just tell you that I love it when Utah beats BYU? I do. In the waining minutes of the game I was standing up, pacing the living room floor and doing what I always do when Utah is about to beat BYU, I called my family. They too, at home in the WVC were just as excited, waiting with baited breath as I was in the SJ; pacing and dancing about. Mom's heart was racing and Haley couldn't breathe. Willie didn't stop jumping up and down, even to talk to me on the phone. I can't beleive the Utes, plagued by injuries and starting a green quaterback, pulled it off. It was truly a magical afternoon turned long evening in the happy valley. The only problem now is, I can't get Ross to answer his phone (I've called him 5 times). I hope he isn't curled up underneath his seat crying. Maybe he should have made me go with him today. Every game I go to, the Cougars win. Sorry Ross, better luck next year! Oh wait, the last 8 out of 9 haven't been so good for you guys, have they?
Just in case you don't beleive I watched the game, here are some photos to prove it. The photo on the left is intended to display my nervous state. The Center photo displays my joy in victory. The third, on the right, is me in front of the tv to prove that yes, I did watch an entire football game on the television and was happy to do it.
Good Job Utes! You all made my day of laundry, painting my fingernails, hanging out in my lounge wear and overall solitary worth every minute.
Sorry Ross. I'm done now!
I love you! ;)
Friday, November 18, 2005
1. The spider is no longer in the bathroom. I am not sure if someone killed it, or it jumped onto my head, got itself into my work bag and is waiting for the right time to get me, but if this blog isn't updated for a while, you'll know.
2. I have spend the last couple days in Jared and Tim's dreamweaver class learning how to build a website. It is pretty fun stuff.
3. We are going to dinner tonight with the fam. Yeah! this means a trip to Crown Burger, Hires, or the Training Table....maybe all three!
4. Tomorrow is the Utah/BYU game and I don't care! Yes, I said it, I don't care. All it means is that Ross will be gone all day and Haley and I can go and see a movie we wouldn't otherwise see.
Have a great weekend everyone who reads my blog. Oh, wait, no one reads my blog.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
I knew that spider was big and waiting for me. Too bad I didn't have a camera, or the desire to take a camera into a women's restroom to prove it.
Monday, November 14, 2005
Personally, I didn't watch too much of the "boob tube" because I was busy in the kitchen making cookies, burning my fingers, and cleaning up my cookie mess. This however, was okay, because I was not too interested in the football game or the championship pie cook-off. We did have a very nice weekend and a busy one as well. By 9:00 on Sunday night, Ross and I were ready for bed and a good night sleep. Considering that we have both been sick for the last two weeks, and that Ross has been much phlemier than anyone I have ever seen in my entire life, we both took enough cold pills and tylenol pm to ensure that good nights sleep. Just look at Ross' picture...doesn't he look exhausted?
Saturday, November 12, 2005
This weekend, Ross' parents were up from Arizona for a visit. Because of this, Ross and I could not maintain our normal weekend routine of doing nothing so we traded in nothing for something. The first of many somethings was an adventurous jaunt up to Huntsville, Utah and the Trappist Monk Monastery, established in 1947, to purchase some holiday wares. We arose to a hearty breakfast of bacon and waffles and were then on our way. When we first arrived at the Monastery, the little quonset hut shop was closed for an hour because of prayer services so were were stumped. luckily, Huntsville connects to Eden and a quait little rode around the rim of Pine View Resevoir. We took the drive around Pine View and through what was probablly "downtown" Huntsville until we new the monks would be back in business.
Friday, November 11, 2005
Now, my cousin Peter is an interesting duck. He is very smart and funny, wants to perform autopsies for a living when he grows up, and can sometimes be a little disgusting, I found out. Recently, Peter and his parents went to Yellowstone. They had a great time in the national park. Saw lots of animals, nearly slid off the road because of the snow, and ate some great food in West Yellowstone. Peter also likes to take pictures. He purchased a very nice camera recently for a trip to France he took in June and is starting to become quite the photographer. This morning, he shared some photos of his yellowstone trip with me and I could not resist posting one of his pictures to the blog. Peter, from what I can tell is not afraid or grossed out by anything. He seems to apprecitate the dead for what they can do for science, and apparently, judging by the included picture, he can appreciate animal refuse for it's artist abilities.
Thanks for the picture, Peter. Have a great day!
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Bird Flu? what does that mean? SARS!
Small Pox! ha, beat that one.
tuberculosis aka consumption
"you cough blood and then you die!!! The rats eat you and your skin falls off."
"you'd have to join a leporalcolony?"
What is a leoporalcolony? Is that some kind of procedure, like a colonoscopy?
"Duh. it's where the lepers go? it's just covered in leperasy. (I have no idea how to spell that word.)"
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
We had a fun dinner and enjoyed the company of Grandma, and Grandpa and three of the five Woods. Visits with the family are always enjoyable, especially when Ross starts talking about his desire to be on Jeopardy and sits on the couch reading the dictionary. What could be more fun than that?
Anyway, Happy Birthday Dad. We're all glad that you've made it to a whole 51 years old. We Wuv You!
Friday, November 04, 2005
Wednesday, November 02, 2005